Firoz Khan or FK or Cowboy Khan as called by his colleagues or friends or fans in Hindi film industry. The impression that holds of Firoz Khan on me when I was a kid was cowboy hat, a cigar, Armani jacket and faded jeans during 60′s and 70′s no one ever dreamt of wearing it during that time . But Firoz Sir for me was the ultimate style icon for me till today, even though there were Bachchans, Kapoors and Khanna ruling the film industry but this brave Pathan stood out on his own to carve a niche for himself.
Notable films of Feroz Khan
Even I wanted to copy Khan Sir like the photo I have pasted above but it will remain a dream for me. Firoz khan in his film career started with low budget films which went unnoticed and who can forget “Raat Aur Din” in which he had a small role but very much to prove but his turning point came in “Aadmi Aur Insaan” for which he won a Filmfare award.
Lovely face, pink lips, charming personality and speaking Hindi in foreign accent I would simply love it and lovely beauties floating around him. That was simply great of this actor. I love his dialogues that he used to say it in style “Pitaaaji, agar bhagwan nahi hai to aap unlogo ke dharmatma banke baithe hain” aur “Balaa zozo re bala” in foreign accent style in Dayavan.
Firoz khan also became popular with movies like “Mela” with his brother Sanjay Khan in which he paired with Mumtaz which was a huge success and “Safar” with Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore which was also a critical success to this actor.But when took on the baton of producer and director there was no looking back for this cool guy.
“Apradh” was the first film in Hindi cinema which showed F1 formula car racing when Bollywood was not familiar with it. That had Mumtaz looking sexy in a bikini which no other director could portray her. After this it was “Dharmatma” a tribute to “Godfather”, in which he made Rekha and Hema Malini look more beautiful than anyone else.
Then came “Qurbani” in 80′s which was a biggest blockbuster for Firoz khan and his company which revived Vinod Khanna′s position, Shakti Kapoor′s grand entry and Introducing “Nazia Hassan & Biddu” as the next pop sensation and lovely looking Zeenat Aman who looked beautiful as ever after Satyam Shivam Sundaram.This movie introduced the concept of Western music with chartbusters like “Aap jaisa Koi”, “Laila O Laila”. I must have seen this movie more than 50 times but I still like it to watch again and again.
After this was “Jaanbaz” and “Dayavan” which did average business but music topped the charts everywhere. Feroz khans′ speciality was making everyone look good. Be it his actresses from “Mumtaz to Sridevi to Celina Jaitley”. After “Yalgaar” flopped Firoz took a break and launched his son Fardeen Khan in “Prem Aggan” in 1998 but this film bombed . But I thought Fardeen to a better actor than his father but he was style icon for me when he endorsed Provogue for years I thought Fardeen was the new style icon because he was awarded with style icon awards at IIFA and MTV style awards under this category I thought that FK Jr. arrived with a bang and still consider him a long way to go as for his film career is concerned.
It was around 10 years ago my dream cam true when I watched Firoz khan in his Mercedes driving on his own still looking dashing, healthy but this time he had gone bald to look more smart and handsome than anyone else. Be it any award functions Firoz was accompanied with lovely girls in his tow. I still love the way he projected his heroines in his movies. Salute to this actor to make films projected with good concepts, music, lovely heroines and ofcourse his most favorite horses which he used to love a lot till he died his last breath.
I can never say that actor breathed his last but he remains to be in our hearts forever and ever.